For Immediate Release
June 15, 2011
Contact Information

Joyce R. Forchion
T: (305) 626-3624

Zachary R. Rinkins
T: (305) 626-3624

(BPRW) Florida Memorial University Aims to Place More Blacks in Math and Science Fields with High School Summer Program

(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI GARDENS, FL (June 9, 2011) – Florida Memorial University (FMU), southern Florida’s only historically black university, launched the Black Male College Explorers Program’s (BMCEP) summer residential program on June 12, 2011. The program will expose local high school students to the college environment and career opportunities in the traditionally overlooked fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“This year, we chose to focus on STEM subjects because we want to help make kids more comfortable in a college setting and familiar with these courses,” said Kareem Coney, director of the BMCEP. “I am excited about the opportunity to train the next generation of scientists, engineers and math experts right here on FMU’s campus.”

Dr. Makola Abdullah, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has coordinated the wider school support for the effort. “Sometimes, young people are intimidated by STEM courses, and this program seeks to change that,” shared Abdullah on the program’s purpose.

According to Black Enterprise, the 10 highest-paying majors for African-Americans are in STEM industries. Yet, only one-third of African-American college students select these majors. FMU is committed to increasing the pool of African-American professionals in these fields.

“Education erases intimidation,” Abdullah continued. “It is our responsibility as a university family to give our students the resources and confidence they need to compete in the global marketplace.” 

For more information on the BMCEP or information on how to support community initiatives at FMU, please contact Joyce Forchion, director of public affairs, at (305) 626-3624.

About Florida Memorial University:

Florida Memorial University is a private, undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida Memorial’s history and traditions date back to 1879. Its legacy of determination and accomplishment has made it one of Florida’s longest surviving centers of academic excellence. Offering 41 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs, Florida Memorial is a culturally diverse institution that is committed to transforming lives and helping to create a future for people from many races, ethnicities, countries, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. The university offers its students a promise and a future, and has opened doors to educational opportunities that may have been previously closed for many students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Council on Social Work Education. Today, Florida Memorial is committed to the pursuit of excellence and continues to educate youth, intellectually and spiritually. Strong moral character, mutual respect, freedom of worship and a commitment to serve are the hallmarks of what it means to be a Florida Memorial Lion. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624 or visit